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  • A M O S A L O N Z O S T A G G H I G H S C H O O L N E W S L E T T E R • M A R C H 2 0 1 9


    Congratulations to the Academic Top 1% of the Class of 2019! Alexa Barstatis, Claire Conroy, Aarthi Kottapalli, Normante Grabauskaite, Catherine Droesch and Andrew Demma were recognized at Stagg’s annual Senior Recognition Night held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.


    2018-2019 School Calendar

    Dates to Remember

    Printed on Recycled Paper 10% Total Recycled Fiber

    Charger Pride is published by the Consolidated High School District 230 School Board. “An equal opportunity employer”

    Richard Nogal, President Melissa Gracias, Vice President Susan Dalton, Secretary Kate Murphy-Peterson Patrick O’Sullivan Denis Ryan Tony Serratore

    Dr. James M. Gay, Superintendent Eric Olsen, Principal

    March 4 Casimir Pulaski Day - No School 5 Parent Teacher Conferences No Student Attendance 5 Annual Residency Verification 7 Athletic Booster Meeting 7 Spring Band Concert 9 National ACT 9 Spring Athlete Parent Meeting 11 Music Booster Meeting 12 Spring Choral Concert 13 St. Baldrick’s Game 14 Brass Recital 16-17 Music Booster’s Craft Fair 19 Woodwind Recital 20 6th/7th Grade Transition Night 20 Board Meeting 22 Early Release - 1:00 p.m. Dismissal 25 Spring Break Begins

    Looking Ahead — April 1 Reconvene School after Spring Break 2 Music Booster Meeting 9 SAT Testing - No Senior Attendance


    Stagg High School and District 230 continue to review traffic safety for our students and families arriving and departing the campus. As some of you may have noticed, on certain days, Palos Hills Police is unable to obtain traffic control for our parking lot entrance on 111th Street in the morning. To ensure consistency, I am happy to report that the District has contracted with Palos Hills Police Department to provide two community service officers for traffic support on 111th during both arrival and departure times moving forward. Palos Hills Police are in the process of hiring these individuals and we hope to have them in place in the near future.

    Additionally, the District worked with an outside company who specializes in traffic patterns to complete a traffic study of the Stagg campus. The study analyzed the traffic patterns and volume of traffic attempting to access our campus both in the morning and the afternoon. Due to the volume of traffic on our campus the company was limited with recommendations they could make to adjust traffic patterns at Stagg; however, we will work to implement some of the ideas provided in the near future.

    We also ask that you review the reminders below and do your part to ensure the safety of our students arriving and departing our campus. 1. Give yourself enough time to arrive at school! Our Commons are supervised beginning at

    7:30 a.m. with breakfast items available for purchase. Students can begin to arrive at this time for their first hour class. Given the large number of students and parents driving their children to school, it should be understood that there will be back-ups if everyone tries to access the campus between 7:45 and 7:55 a.m.

    2. The school bus is a great option! Our school buses have an excellent record of on-time arrival! 3. NEVER drop your child off on the side of the road or in intersections. 4. Students should ALWAYS use crosswalks and NEVER walk in the streets. 5. Students should not be on their cell phones when crossing the street and should always be

    aware of the environment around them. 6. Cell phone use while driving is against the law, this applies while on the school campus.

    I would also like to take a moment to share information regarding absenteeism. The Illinois Board of Education now identifies students who are Chronically Absent. ISBE defines this absenteeism as any day a student is not in attendance at least 50% of the school day, whether excused or unexcused. The threshold the State has established is 10% of the school year. We will be reaching out to families to remind them of their child’s current attendance status and also share with families if their child’s current attendance is on track to be identified by the State as Chronically Absent. Attendance is one of the strongest indicators of student success and we will continue to provide supports for families whose children struggle with regular attendance.

    As we enter into the final third of the school year, planning for next year is in full swing. Students completed their class registration for the 2019-2020 school year and we are now planning the course schedules for next year.

    As administration and staff look forward to next year, our students are doing the same. Juniors are focused on the upcoming SAT exam and opportunities to explore colleges, careers and military possibilities abound at Stagg. Students should engage in activities that explore their post-secondary passions and interests and we encourage students and parents to reach out to their guidance counselor if they need any assistance.

    Our Guidance Department offers a number of activities for students to begin the planning process. Check out the Guidance page of our website for more information. Our school also offers college field trips to a number of local colleges and universities.

    Finally, it is not too late for students to get involved in activities at Stagg. The spring athletic season is beginning and sports, such as track, is open to all students. Students should not hesitate to reach out to coaches and sponsors as clubs and organizations are always open to accepting new members and participants.


    Eric Olsen Principal

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    Stagg Students Receive Commitment to Service Award from the Office of the Cook County Sheriff

    Stagg Business Students Score Big at the Regional DECA Competition

    Congratulations to Stagg students who received the “Commitment to Service” Award from the Office of the Cook Country Sheriff. These students were selected for showing an exceptional commitment to serving others and having an outstanding spirit for volunteering. The award is given to residents of Cook County, grades 9-12, who provided meaningful volunteer service to their communities. A minimum of 100 hours of voluntary (unpaid) community service within one calendar year is required to qualify.

    On Friday, January 25, students from Mr. Duffy and Ms. Kuyper’s Work Program classes, along with other club members, participated in the Regional DECA competition. DECA is a club that helps prepare students as leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in many business areas.

    The competition is the culmination of the many DECA activities that the students participated in throughout the school year. At the Regional event, the students competed in one of a wide variety of business events ranging from Accounting Applications to Marketing Management to Sports and Entertainment. Moraine Valley Community College hosted the event with over 15 different schools and over 350 students participating.

    This year, eleven students from Stagg finished in the top four in the individual events and qualified for the state competition. The state competition is held in Rosemont, IL on March 7-9. If any student places there, they are eligible to compete at Nationals, which this year are being held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We are very proud of all the students who competed this year. Good luck at the State Finals in March.

    2018-2019 Award Winners Include:

    Seniors: Mrad Ahmed, Sham Aldos, Alyssa Barraco, Samantha Doherty, Julia Frances Jimenez, Aarthi Kottapalli, Shaheena Papa, Anna Szymonik, Karolina Talaga, Jessica Wojciechowski.

    Juniors: Ronya Abulaila, Adnan Dzananovic, Peter Gordan, Samer Hussein, Assel Salem, Dana Sallouha.

    Sophomores: Tasneem Hamed, Lawton Lochow, Krista Maloney and Erin Moran

    Not pictured: Ahmad Abdulqader, Mohammed Abuasab, Nur Al Kodmany, Remah Alkjhatib, Ibrahim Horeish, Nicolas Kopanis, Mutasem Moussa, Jeffrey Oblazny, Oliwia Rozanski, Pawel Rozanski

    Amos Alonzo Stagg Drama Club – P R E S E N T S –

    CHICAGO The Musical April 11 & 12, 7 p.m.

    April 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Adults - $9 Students, Children & Senior Citizens - $7


    School Psychologist Corner Executive functions are cognitive processes that occur in the frontal lobe area of the brain that allow us to plan, organize, make decisions, pay attention, regulate behavior, solve problems and evaluate decisions. This month I will focus on ways to regulate our behavior as we focus on a simple daily activity: Walking. A basic walking meditation is simple. Starts with noticing yourself walking as you walk; by making your body sensations the focal point. A good start is noticing the sensation of your feet on the ground. How does your foot feel when it hits the ground? What part of your foot hits the ground first? Last? How does it feel when I slow down my walk? Mindful walking promotes focused attention and keeps you in the present moment. Practicing focused attention exercises brain muscles and being in the present moment reduces anxiety and stress.

    Frank J. Kowalik MEd.S, MCT Stagg School Psychologist

    Graduation Requirements/Credit Recovery

    Summer School